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-k -.(1 STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW Y'ORH , COLlEGE AT CORTlAND • November a, 1989 THE TRUTH ..... lC NoTHIN, By Rol> Adamo Sports Editor Two teams collide; rival nations. its a primitive past-there is so much at stake. At I :30pmon Saturday, when Cortland State and Ithaca College square off once again the waiting wilt be over. All the talk and speculation will oc 1 hrown out the window, and <Ill those imaginary battles between fans ami players will he cast aside in the favor of the real thing: Cortland State . football. Fortunately. football games aren•tplayed in the newspapers or in bars. They're played on the grass, on the field between white lines. That's where wmners are decided. And tomorrow's !:!,tme will be no differ- ent. One team will win and one will not. One will goon to the pluyoffs and the other would most probably be eliminated a~ they make way for a ne-w breed of athletes. One team will make jokes wnile the other looks for excuses. A vic- tory for Cortland would give them a 9-0 record and a bid for the playoffs while Ithaca would fall to6-3 and their chance of making the playoffs would be dismal. Of course, regardless of the outcome. the argu- ments between the schools' legions of fans will still persist. The losers will want are- match; the winners will say \I told you so.\ The one thing that will make this game in- tcre-;ting. indeed perhaps its a saving grace. is that Juring last weeks sea of madness, the players nl)W find themselves on an island of sanity Cort- land: wants this one. in a big way. ~q Ill'( r, ;.i.'·' J.f1{ f...._..,. the words of Cortland State Headcoach Dennis K.ayser. \It's exciting. Very ex.citing to be able to playa team with aJI there suc- cess, it will be a real challenge for us,\ said Ithaca headcoach Jim Butter- field. In a way, it's a shame that tile hard feelings among the fans are so real because their blindness may keep them from seeing a great football game. And it should be special. The Red Drag oils did something last Saturday that showed they had it in them. They came from behind and defeated Canisius 22-20. Their minds were too preoccupied with Ithaca. But they played like the best Cortland State teams of the past have played by methodically going about their jobs and defeating another team. The key word is methodi- caL No emotions, no periods of ups and downs. Just solid play from beginning to end, · constantly beating back the hands of time. Those hands being their challengers. \Keep on Movin' don't stop\ the , Dragons have it in them. It .. s clear that Ithaca is only as good as their offense plays. When their offense is off they have suffered loses to Alfred 17 -I 0 and American Intema- tional7 -6. When the offensive is on, they're good. Against opponents, with their great constant pressure defense, the burden on Ithaca will be even greater. The biggest liability the Bombers have in the match up against the Red Dragons is the receivtrrs. You got two super seniors Mark Houghton and Greg S irico. Houghton with 35 catches for 406 yards and 5 TO's and Sirico with 31 catches for 420 yards and 5 TD's. The quarterback stands alone at the top of ECAD rankings with a .629 pass efficiency and 112 comple- tions in 178 attempts for 1302 yards and 12 TD's. They understand what the game means to the fans. they are smart enough to realize they are playing for much higher stakes: A trip to Alabama. Something that's been a long time Make no mistake about it, though, Ithaca is tough. But to come against Cortland's re- lentless defensive and pursu- ing()ffensive they are going to have to be better than tough. I just don't see it. Photo by A.ndy Rush Foll()wing last year's close contest in the playoffs at Ithaca, Cortland's Greg Sirico otTers congratulations to a victorious Ithaca team' member. This year, Sirico and allllis Cortland tea!Tlmates 1\Qpe to instead, offer consolation to a defeated Blue Boml.er team in Ithaca this Saturday. •· · There's no lack of courage in the Dragons camp. The thing you have to like about Cortland is the relentlessness. They just never let up. It makes no differ- ence who they pla:y or what wishbone offensive you throw at them, they keep coming at :you. coming. \Ithaca is a team that's been coming on lately. They've started to score some points recently. Their defense has played well all season and is very comparable to a year ago. The big difference in their offense would be not having Parker and Scott in the l>ackfield. But they're still a very capable offensive team with as big an offensive line as we'll see all season. We expect a typical Cortland-Ithaca football game as we saw a year ago,\ were What it boils d-own to is tllat it should be a bang up game. Two of the supreme programs and.traditions in Division III football going at each other on the football field. No verbal assaults and no sportswriters like myself allowed, just football players. The pride of Cortland State Athletics endures. Booters Await Tourney Bid; Six Red Dragons Named toAII-SUNYAC Team IJy College Relations The SUNY-Binghamton Colo- nial men's soccer squad took their second one-goal victory visiting Cortland State this season- this one a 1-0 win on Saturday - to capture the 1989 State University of New York Athletic C::onfere11ce championship and an automatic NCAA Div. III Tournament berth. Coach Fred Taube's Red Drag- ons, wllo had lost 2-l in overtime earlier in the season to Binghamton, are now 13-5 overall and awaiting an ECAC Div. III Men's Soccer Tournament bid on Monday. The Red Dragons advanced into Saturday's title contest with a l-0 overtime win against Geneseo on Friday. Sophomore Fullback Ralph Pecorale scored his first collegiate goal 9: 14 into overtime on an assist from freshman midfielder Keith Stanley. Sophomore Jason Hickey made seven saves in earning his fifth shutout in 1989. On Saturday, after a scoreless firsthalf,Binghamton'sJohnTietjen scored off a cornerkick 1 :50 int() the second stanza. A. defensive battle was waged the remainder of the match, with Cortland outshooting the hosts 5·1 down the final stretch. Hickey had three Dragons saves in the match. \I thought we played very well,\ said Taube. \We just had trouble putting the ball in the net. We hitthe post on one shot and just missed the net on several other occasions.\ The 1989 All-SUNY AC Men's Soccer Team was announced over the w~ekend and included six Red Dragons. Three Cortland players received first team all-league laurels: Greg Ginsberg, Sandy Ventriglia and Kevin Oakes. A trio of Dragons earned secondteam mention: Keith Stanley, Ralph Pecorale and Mike Borra. Intramural update By Corey Wiles intramural Editor The intramural fall sports season carne to a close and the results are in. In Men's Tag Football, Rob's Angels came away with the crown while P~ Kappa Phi won it all in Men's softball. In the Co Rec Softball league. the T .A. Bombers were victorious. Asforupcomingevents, the Weekend Racquetball Tourna- ment begins Friday, November lOth. Entries are due by Tues- day, Nov.-7th. The Archery ToumamentbeginsTues.,Nov. 14th and entries are due Tues., Nov. 7th. There is always a good tum out for this big event. Finally, the annual Turkey Trot runs Thurs., Nov. 16th at4:00 p.m. It is a course of 2.5 miles which is open to students, fac· ulty. and staff. There wi11 be lots of prizes and lots of fun so get out and run. lee Hockey By College Relations The Cortland State men's ice hockey team began the 1989-90 campaign in impres't'e fashion with a 13-3 victory over visiting Villanova University before 850 fans in Alumni Arena on Satur- day night. \It was tremendous team ef- fort,\ said Cortland head coach AI MacConnack, who began his ninth season at the Dragon helm. \I was a little nervous coming into the game. I really thought Villanova would be a better team.\ Three red Dragons recorded two goals each -juniors Sam Fensterstock., Doug Gillin, Pat Murphy-topaceCortlandscor- ers. Cortland single goal scorers included: Matt Johnson, John Dullaghan, Ross Kraft, Tim Tuf- ford, Bill Gehen, K.en Doohan and Rob Schelling. Rich Glica had a team-high four assists. Cortland controlled the play at both ends with the obvious of- fensive firepower and solid play from the defense and goalkeep- ers. \Our forechecking was really effective,\ said McConnack. \I think it slowed them down. We were all over them wheneverthey came into our zone. A mental breakdown late int e game al- lowed them to score two goals in thelast30seconds. I'm notliappy about the breakdown, but I'm not worried about it either.\ The goal tending chores were handled by junior Dave Cooper · . and senior Doug Orucza. Cooper made 10 saves in 40 minutes, while Gruczahad five stops in the last 2(f minutes. Cortland p1ays SUNYAC foe Potsdam State on ·Sat. at 7:30'p.rn. ·in Alumni Arena.

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